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    Mladic Defense Witness Found Dead in Hotel Room on Eve of Court Appearance

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    The body of Dusan Dunjic was discovered in his hotel room before he was due to give evidence for the defense in the trial of former Bosnian Serb army general Ratko Mladic.

    An expert witness for the defense of former Bosnian Serb army general Ratko Mladic, on trial in The Hague for war crimes, was found dead in his hotel room before he was due to give evidence on Friday, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [ICTY] has announced.  

    "Mr. Dusan Dunjic was found dead at his hotel by a hotel staff member and a representative of the Tribunal. Emergency services personnel were immediately notified and ascertained Mr. Dunjic’s death. Dutch authorities are conducting an investigation into Mr. Dunjic’s death," stated the ICTY.

    Dusan Dunjic was a Serbian forensic pathologist from Belgrade who had given evidence in several trials at the ITCY in The Hague, the Netherlands. 

    Belgrade expert forensic pathologist Dusan Dunjic was found dead in his hotel room in the Hague, Sputnik Serbia reported.

    Dunjic was an expert witness for the prosecution in the trials of former Serbian President Milan Milutinovic, as well as a number of prominent military figures who were tried for war crimes in Kosovo in the late 1990s. The Hague tribunal eventually acquitted Milutinovic.

    Dunjic also gave expert evidence for the defense in the trials of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic, and of former Bosnian Serb army commanders for crimes committed during the war in Bosnia and Hercegovina, from 1991 to 1995.

    The verdict in the Karadzic trial, which was completed in October 2014, is expected in early 2016.

    Dr Dunjic was scheduled to give expert evidence on Friday in the trial of former Bosnian Serb army general Ratko Mladic, whose trial began in May 2012. The prosecution indicted Mladic on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, and closed its case in February 2014. Mladic's defense case began in May 2014 and is still ongoing.

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